Michelle Tractenberg: Scheduling Prevented Me From Playing Bella in 'Twilight'

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We can never imagine Twilight without our girl Kristen Stewart, but Michelle Trachtenberg told Us Weekly the role was almost hers but "schedules never worked out."

"There was definitely interest here and there because there's only so few pale girls in Hollywood," she explained. "I've known [director] Catherine Hardwicke since the movie Thirteen. I was actually supposed to star in that, but I was on Buffy at the time."

Because of her hit TV show, Michelle says she isn't too upset about missing out on playing the role of Bella Swan.

"I already have Buffy," she added. "I've already done the vampire thing."

On that note take a look at our gallery of stars who almost got the part:

 

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  • Workers Compensation Lawyer
    Workers Compensation Lawyer

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  • twilight lion
    twilight lion

    HA.thats funny

  • twi-hard!!!!!
    twi-hard!!!!!

    she's sooooo jealous I mean forbes just named kristen as bringing the big bucks.. for $1 that they paid her the movie get $55.83... and rob was just the third on the list... but thanks god michelle didn't get to play bella...

  • yuly
    yuly

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer started in March 10, 1997, end until May 20, 2003. all wants is 5 minutes of fame . thank you rob and Kristen for doing the Twilight saga.

  • Stiffler
    Stiffler

    That was for the movie 13, when she was working on buffy.

  • Abi
    Abi

    THANK GOD FOR THAT SCHEDULE she would have ruined another movie for me -.-

  • dianaloveblair
    dianaloveblair

    I think if Kristen and Robert weren't in Twilight and Michelle Tractenberg played Bella, The Twilight saga wouldn't have this success. And according to WIkipedia the Buffy the Vampire Slayer was between 2000-2003 and Twlight started in 2008. She wants only the publicize.

  • DAISY
    DAISY

    And as far as it being a saga. There were numerous books so there would have been numeorus movies regardless who played the parts.

  • DAISY
    DAISY

    If it were the other way around and Michelle got the part and Kristen later said she was up for it too everyone would be commenting on how they could never see Kristen playing the part. Everyone likes how it was b/c that is what it was. I believe Michelle could have done a great job she probably would've brought more life to the role, Kristen is very...blah

  • Cara
    Cara

    Twilight is Kristen and Rob's movie, period. I doubt this would be made a saga if it weren't for them. As others have said, it would fold after the first Twilight is made and the rest of the books would not be made. Honestly, the movies are not a well made but its worth watching because of Kristen and Rob. Rarely do on screen chemistry attracts movie goers and fans alike. Most importantly, the world would not know Rob Pattinson (aside from his HP stint) if it weren't for Kristen who chose and fought for him to be her on screen partner. Thank goodness the role didn't befell on Michelle whatever her name is. I only saw her in gossip girl and she's better as a villain than a protagonist.

  • Sarah Solano
    Sarah Solano

    I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH YOU MINNIE. THE TWILIGHT SAGA WOULD NEVER, WELL I CANT SAY NEVER. LOVED THE BOOKS BUT THE MOVIES WOULDNT HAVE BEEN A HIT WITHOUT KRISTEN BECAUSE SHE CHOSE ROB AND THE CHEMISTRY BETWEEN THE TWO WOULD BLOW WHO EVER SHE WOULD HAVE CHOSEN OUT OF THE WATER. WHO WAS SHE GONNA CHOOSE, SPIKE FROM BUFFY...LOL

  • Crystal
    Crystal

    I'm sure she has moved on. Sometimes a celeb will mention a role that they audtioned for, not a big deal.

  • I would have watched it
    I would have watched it

    I think she could have done a wonderful job in Twilight. I think Kristen is a very talented actress, but I personally dont like what she did with the character Bella. Before I get crap for saying that, re-read the part where I said she's a talented actress. lol

  • guest
    guest

    ha...buffy was over in 2003....she just wants some press...hardwicke has stated many times that kristen was at the top of the list...i hate actors that do this shit

  • bubble
    bubble

    thank goodness this person was not cast. there is no one better for the role of BELLA than Kristen she owns it she is BELLA they saw that from the beginning and its why she got the part. Twilight would be just another movie with out Robert and Kristen they made it a phenomenon, they made it that awesome. We haven't seen anything like twilight and we will not have something as special and unique for a long time. others any try to imiate it or duplicate how awesome it is but they've failed. there will never be anything like twilight. bless the cast and others involved.

  • 123sudawy
    123sudawy

    I am so agree with Minnie!! I also believe the same for these two sweet, humble, down to earth couple Rob & Kristen have such amazing, genuinely, incredible chemistry from the beginning, therefore they successfully made Twilight movie turn out one of the big $$ box office....and it will continue to the end of the series as well!! I only watched twilight saga all three movies a year ago for the first time, but I really enjoy and support them as a real life coupe too! Wish all the best to their future!!

  • barbi
    barbi

    I prefer Michelle Trachtenberg !!

  • Baby
    Baby

    People totally miss that Minnie, thanks. No kristen as Bella, and the wrong Edward, gets twilight a big fat zero at the box office. It's like Courtney Cox saying they wanted to cast her in Salt. Salt would have made 25 cents. Lol

  • Minnie
    Minnie

    Twilight is what it is because of the incredible chemistry between Kristen and Robert. Given that Robert only went to the auditions because he wanted to meet Kristen and she was already attached to the project (he`d seen and loved her in "Into the wild"), I reckon that the first Twilight movie would have been the only one ever made, if without them.

  • Me
    Me

    Blablabla

  • danielleakame
    danielleakame

    wait didnt buffy end like 10 years ago? how was there scheduling issues ?

  • dont' get it.......
    dont' get it.......

    Any other roles she wants to claim were almost hers? Not sure what the point is for her to make the comment - she didn't get the role - move on.